West Gate tunnel Inquiry and Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning appointed an Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) to consider the Environment Effects Statement, a draft Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) affecting the Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Port of Melbourne and Wyndham Planning Schemes and public submissions associated with the West Gate Tunnel Project in accordance with the approved Terms of Reference.

The IAC also considered submissions on the works approval application for the road tunnel ventilation systems included in the Project, and in doing so fulfil a Section 20B Conference under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

Terms of reference

The Minister for Planning signed terms of reference in relation to this project on 26 May.

Committee members

The Minister appointed the following members to the IAC:

  • Nick Wimbush (Chair)
  • Mandy Elliott (Deputy Chair)
  • William O’Neil (Deputy Chair)
  • Jenny Donovan
  • Kate Partenio.

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (DOC, 43.0 KB).


Exhibition period and submissions

The EES, works approval application and draft planning scheme amendment were publicly exhibited from 29 May to 10 July 2017.  A total of 504 submissions were received.

View submissions

Public information session

The IAC held a public information session on Friday 16 June 2017 at Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray.

The purpose of this briefing was to provide the IAC representatives with an overview of the project components and EES.

Directions hearing

The IAC issued the following preliminary matters and further information request (PDF, 551.1 KB) to the proponent.

The directions hearing was held on Wednesday 19 July 2017 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray.

As a result of the directions hearing, the IAC issued directions and an evidence distribution list (PDF, 302.2 KB).

Expert witness reports

The Expert witness reports circulated in accordance with Direction 30 are available online.

Expert witness reports

Public hearings

The public hearings commenced on 14 August 2017 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray.

Tabled documents

All documents tabled at the hearing are available online via the link below.

Tabled documents


The IAC submitted its report on 23 October 2017 in accordance with the time-frame stipulated in the terms of reference (PDF, 1008.6 KB).

The IAC's report and the Ministers assessment are now available.

More information

If you have any questions or need further information, get in touch via the contact details below.

  • For information about the inquiry and advisory committee process, submissions and IAC information sessions, please contact:
    Planning Panels Victoria
    ☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5121
    ✉ Email: westgatetunnelproject.ppv@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 28/09/20